On August 21, the United States will witness a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse: a celestial event that will surely remind us that we live on a tiny blue-green planet in a much bigger universe. My kids and I will be hours from the "zone of totality," but we have our eclipse glasses and are ready to hike up a mountain to watch it unfold. NASA astronomers say that we’ll drop to our knees at the spectacle, and that’s got my kids pretty excited.
I’m excited for another reason: We’re talking about the natural world in a positive way for a change. Most of our conversations about the environment involve climate change, disappearing animal habitats, and ocean plastic: all familiar topics to my kids given that our family business, Common Good, is trying to be a positive force for change in the amount of plastic packaging we use. We talk about this stuff a lot.
But at the same time, my husband and I are trying to teach our kids to care about the environment without scaring the s**t out of them. Here are a few ways we hope to turn them into little environmentalists: